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April 20, 2021

a word from the women's center

At the Women's Center, we hold the family of George Floyd, especially his daughter, in our thoughts tonight. We recognize that this trial has further traumatized the witnesses who testified. The Women's Center stands in solidarity with the Black community and all those who have suffered from the racism that still exists in our society.

April 14, 2021

Black Lives Matter graphic

Photo by Caltech Center for Diversity

The Women’s Center stands in solidarity with the Black community and honors the life of Daunte Wright, the 20-year old man who was shot and killed by a police officer outside of Minneapolis on April 11. We reiterate our commitment to the needed collective action to ensure justice and safety for all.

March 18, 2021

a word from the women's center

In the wake of the shootings at three massage parlors in Atlanta on Tuesday evening, the Women’s Center stands in solidarity with the Asian American community and honors the lives of those killed. We reiterate our commitment to the needed collective action to ensure justice and safety for all. Among the many painful elements of the coronavirus pandemic is the rise in racialized violence against Asian Americans, and we denounce this violence.

March 08, 2021

Questions about life’s meaning are at the heart of grief after a death. We grieve because we love, and we are alive, and loving connection gives life meaning. Grief is a normal response to loss, not an illness, even though it can feel like one. Not everyone has the same reactions, on the same schedule. There is no one way to grieve.

When you are grieving, it is common to feel:

February 03, 2021

Here in Charlottesville, the violence at the US Capitol in early January was especially painful to watch, challenging beyond what our usual messages about self-care could address. In the more than three years since August 11-12, 2017, we have seen so many of you engaged in working for equity and justice, and we know that seeing lessons not learned more widely since then makes this work more daunting.

January 12, 2021

We've been eager for Austin Channing Brown to return since her presentations here last February. Join us in hearing more from her on January 20.

Here in Charlottesville, the violence at the US Capitol last week was especially painful to watch, challenging beyond what our usual messages about self-care can address. In the more than three years since August 11-12, 2017, we have seen so many of you engaged in working for equity and justice, and we know that seeing lessons not learned more widely since then makes this work more daunting.

August 28, 2020

Aisha Saeed and Latoria White

Counseling team members Aisha Saeed and Latoria White are taking on new roles at the Women's Center for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Women’s Center has long been known as a welcoming place for students seeking counseling or a place to gain experience in advocating for justice and equity. In recent years, our Counseling and Wellness Services Team has grown to include new staff members and has extended the resources offered to better serve the variety of needs of a diverse range of UVA students.

August 15, 2020

Photo by Caltech Center for Diversity

Since the end of May when we originally published the below thoughts, we have witnessed growing engagement in activism, protests, and demonstrations here in our community, across the country, and even the globe, calling for justice for George Floyd and an end to racism and systemic oppression of Black Americans and all people of color. The building momentum gives us hope that desperately needed collective action will be taken to ensure justice and safety for all.

May 28, 2020

reminder to breathe

In our culture, we experience moments in which violence and injustice are receiving intensive coverage in the news. During these times, conversations at home, at work or school, and in the media can be a strain on those in the affected communities. It is important to take care of yourself at times like this. 

May 07, 2019

bouquet of peonies

Our unique setting and expertise make the Women’s Center an especially good fit for many students seeking to improve their well-being. Our approach focuses on helping students identify the issues they want to address in their own lives. Our counselors are known for their extensive experience supporting college students with concerns ranging from the stresses of young adulthood to traumatic events in their lives or within their families or communities. 

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